Six million residents live along the Potomac and Shenandoah River watershed, which flows into the Chesapeake Bay. But instead of a clean and healthy river, they find swimming prohibitions and fish consumption advisories lining the banks. PRKN is a grassroots, on-the-water organization dedicated to fighting pollution and creating healthy rivers and streams. In partnership with pro bono attorneys, it works to correct violations of environmental law and promote government accountability. A network of community science monitors reports on water quality and PRKN uses their data to direct enforcement and advocacy work – using the legal system to force polluters to clean up their act. Knowing that healthy rivers and healthy communities go hand-in-hand, Potomac Riverkeeper strives to ensure that all 383 miles of our river stay healthy. Clean water should be a right, not a privilege.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 2
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; MD-Frederick County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church
Population(s) Served: All
Awards & Recognition
- DC Water Proposes Green Infrastructure
Tue Feb 18 2014, Kojo Nnamdi Show
President Matt Logan joins the discussion on the Kojo show about how to handle DC's combined sewer overflow problem.
- Lawsuit alleges Hanover-based firm polluted water
Fri Apr 1 2011, The Evening Sun
An environmental group has filed a lawsuit against a paper company, alleging water pollution that's stretched over several years.
- County opts for inaction with quarry
Fri Mar 4 2011, Martinsburg Journal
Berkeley County takes no action against permit despite massive opposition. Brent Walls of Potomac Riverkeeper takes action.
- Gerrardstown quarry permit under appeal
Tue Mar 1 2011, Charleston Gazette
Potomac Riverkeeper appeals a West Virginia permit due to overwhelming public opposition.
- Environmental advocates challenge quarry permit
Sun Feb 27 2011, The Herald-Mail
Potomac Riverkeeper appeals a West Virginia quarry permit based on unprecedented resident opposition.
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